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The Last Hope

It’s sad to see the story end, but this novel, filled with MacNeal’s signature character-centric plot and minute attention to historical details, does so magnificently.

The Hollywood Spy

Longtime fans of the series will savor the perfectly calibrated mix of intriguing plot and engaging characters in the latest “Maggie Hope” mystery, and the impeccably written book should also work as a good introduction to the series for newcomers.

The King’s Justice

Irresistibly readable and brilliantly crafted, this is a story both historical mystery and fiction fans will adore. [See Prepub Alert, 8/19/19.]

The Prisoner in the Castle

Recommended for both mystery and historical fiction fans.

The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery

Newcomers don't have to read the previous books to enjoy this title but some may wish to do so to grasp Maggie's backstory. For someone looking for a new historical mystery with similar characters, Maggie is a mirror image to Bess Crawford, the star of Charles Todd's World War I books. [See Prepub Alert, 2/13/17.]

The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie HopeMystery

Returning to London from Washington, DC, Maggie Hope is working at Special Operations Division, 64 Baker Street...

His Majesty's Hope

Get your hands on this latest installment of the Maggie Hope saga. Fill up the car's tank and plan a long trip. You will not want to stop listening along the way.

Princess Elizabeth’s Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery

MacNeal’s sophomore historical outing (after Mr. Churchill’s Secretary) synchronizes perfectly with the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. With a smart, code-breaking mathematician heroine, abundant World War II spy intrigue, and a whiff of romance, this series has real luster. The author leaves readers with a mind-boggling conclusion that hints at Maggie’s next assignment.

Mr. Churchill's Secretary

Watch out for the smart girl who can crack codes with her slide rule. The appeal of real-life characters populating the story works well in this solid historical cozy debut. MacNeal squeezes in plenty of World War II facts but never slows the pace. I like pairing this with Maureen Jennings's Season of Darkness and Sarah R. Shaber's Louise's War.

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